Monday, 1 October 2012

There's Something Simply Fishy Going On...

Alongside writing about all things food-related here on the blog, C also has the rather cushy job of reviewing restaurants for certain publications - which means that she sometimes gets to pop along to new restaurants around town and see what they're all about. Happily for him, A is often the chosen plus one for said reviews and, when asked recently to head to a new fish restaurant in Camden, seafood-loving A was the obvious dinner guest.

Something fishy going on, etc...

As mentioned previously, C isn't the biggest lover of fish or seafood - while she'll happily eat cod, haddock, salmon and such (and will devour lemon sole at any given opportunity), anything much more adventurous than that and it all gets a little too fishy for her. With this in mind, she was admittedly a little apprehensive at the thought of reviewing a restaurant called Simply Fish - but she needn't have worried, as the food in here was so good that it would almost turn anyone into a fish fan.

Simply Fish has a three-step menu process, which makes eating here pleasingly straightforward: choose your fish, how you want it cooked and a sauce, and then opt for a few sides to round off the meal. Fresh daily deliveries from the restaurant’s merchants in Cornwall also mean that the menu in is always subject to change, with specials often crafted from the catch of the day, and the fact that it's sustainable certainly sat well with both A and C, being fairly environmentally-conscious types.

Fishing for compliments...

C started with the Arbroath smoked fishcakes with gribiche sauce (a kind of mayonnaise-like French cold egg sauce, which tastes a lot nicer than it admittedly sounds); she was informed that the fish was delivered down from the Highlands that day - impressively fresh! A opted for the chilli salt squid with spring onion and coconut dressing, which he also loved - and which had a real kick, judging by his expression...


Squids in

For mains, A opted for pan-fried Tiger Prawns with a sweet-and-sour chilli sauce and a few sides of chips and salad: what arrived on his plate were several really hefty prawns, each bursting with flavour and cooked to perfection.

Easy tiger...


Sides!

Having been assured that the chef's special of Spiced Seabass was the best thing on the menu, C decided to go for this - with fried aubergine, a spicy tomato sauce and sticky rice, our friendly waiter told C that it's cooked to a recipe that the Egyptian chef grew up using, and it was certainly full of flavour. Having never tried seabass before, C was very pleasantly surprised - a little meatier than some other fish, it flaked off the bone with ease and she polished it all off in no time.

A fishy, on a little dishy...

Three courses and wine here will set you back around £40 a head; while the Wagamama-esque décor may feel a little out of place for this price range, you'll find it generally a fair price given the quality of the fish here. All in all, an excellent place for great fish and seafood.

We did not pay for this meal as C was invited as a reviewer for a third party publication.

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